I agree, laptop makes transfers a snap, but what if you want to tape a 'taper-unfriendly' band? it is kinda hard to smuggle a laptop in your pocket. :) but if you just see taper friendly bands (DMB, Phish, etc.) go for it! Laptops are kick-ass!
Shoot Tyler, I would never record a band that didn't approve of it in advance Besides all the bands on LMA obviously allow taping, why skimp with a MD and lousy mics? Though obviously even a sub-par, or shall I say lo-fidelity, recording is better than none at all, right?